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National Security Studies

Interdisciplinary Program

Anderson University’s national security studies program is one of the few interdisciplinary, undergraduate security studies majors in the country. This major is taught by our talented faculty across campus, including our School of Science & Engineering and School of Humanities and Behavioral Science. The program uses Christian ethics as a foundation in preparing students for a career in public service. Students will graduate with the education they need to be prepared for a competitive job market.

Coursework from history, political science, criminal justice, sociology, social work, computer science, math, Christian ministry, and psychology provides a well-rounded liberal arts education.

Program Overview

National Security Studies

Anderson University’s national securities studies major was designed to help students find careers in public and private sector security-related positions, training them on how policies are formed around intelligence, diplomacy, and military action. Because national security is a constantly evolving field, through new technological advances, new geopolitical alliances and conflicts, and new escalating threats, we emphasize hands-on experience through simulations hosted in our Situation Room.



  • Graduate with a BA in National Security Studies in four years.


The national security studies major includes courses such as:

  • American National Government
  • Political Violence & Terrorism
  • Homeland Security
  • American Foreign Policy


With a degree in national security studies from Anderson University, students will be well prepared to apply their knowledge to a variety of roles, such as:

  • Linguist/Foreign Language Experts
  • National Security Analysts
  • Security Officers
  • Intelligence Officers

President John S. Pistole

Anderson University's president, John S. Pistole, is the longest-serving administrator of the TSA and a 26-year veteran of the FBI. He has instructed on organized crime at the FBI and developed curricula at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary. In his time with the FBI, he was in charge of the counterterrorism program, was the executive assistant director for national security, and the deputy director. Our national security and cybersecurity majors were created with his input and guidance.

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